Alcatel SA has reached a preliminary agreement to buy Nortel Network Corp.'s 3G (third-generation) mobile phone network business for US$320 million. The deal would make Alcatel one of the biggest suppliers of UMTS gear worldwide. UMTS is a 3G telecoms standard.
Qualcomm Inc. and The Boeing Co.'s Connexion have joined forces to test in-flight mobile phone communications in a specially equipped Boeing 737-400 aircraft, the companies said. Connexion, which already provides a wireless Internet service to airline passengers with laptops, hopes to offer them a mobile phone service as soon as regulators in the U.S. give the green light.
When it comes to mobile and wireless technology, what keeps a CIO up at night? John Wade, CIO of the Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, Mo., said he faces many of the same problems confronting other CIOs when it comes to supporting mobile and wireless technology in a large organization.
Softbank Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son, the Internet entrepreneur who revolutionized Japan's broadband market, is threatening to do the same to the country's wireless communications business, and is prepared to sue the government if it gets in his way, he said on Monday.